For Ben Lord, the Making Waves program was a game-changer.
“The program opened my eyes to a lot of things I hadn’t thought about before, like how a lot of relationship problems are about gender.”
He attended the teen healthy relationships program, which received funding from the Canadian Women’s Foundation, when he was a high school student in New Brunswick. Teen healthy relationship programs help participants break down gender stereotypes, recognize the signs of abusive relationships, and practise the skills they need to develop healthy ones.
Although teen healthy relationships programs are offered across Canada, there is a lack of coordinated efforts to link and support these programs.